A Tomb Raider 2 fan remake five years in the making has just dropped a single-level demo you can play right now.
Tomb Raider: The Dagger of Xian has been in the works since 2016, with project director Nicobass using Unreal Engine 4 and the help of a few other die-hard Tomb Raider fans. The remake even has Crystal Dynamics’ blessing – according to PCGamer, the company is fine with the project “as long as it remains strictly not-for-profit.”
The remake is meant to have the look and feel of current-gen gaming graphics, but the juxtaposition between this remake and the original game are enough to stun you. While Lara Croft’s breasts weren’t breaking the laws of physics and the human form as egregiously in this game as they were in the first Tomb raider, she looks slightly more human in this remake – although the impossible body standards remain. The environment art in this remake is especially stunning, with gorgeous water and lighting mechanics that are (naturally) a far cry from the 1997 game – there’s even a photo mode you can take advantage of to show off the updated visuals. Here’s a lit of improvements made in Tomb Raider: The Dagger of Xian.
Major Modifications are:
New water simulation rendering
New volumetric lighting
Climbable ledges should be more visible with some white decals
New alternative outfit added in the rewards menu
More characters models added in the rewards menu
New fish models reacting to the player’s movements
Small improvements about Lara’s animations
Adjustments to Lara’s body shape
More foliage interaction
Remaking of the audio reverb system
Improvements of underwater particles
Many small bug fixes